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Sep 28 2010

Zinc alloy series by Donald Lemke

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Ill. by Douglas Holgate. Graphic sparks series. Raintree, 2010.
(Age 7-10) Recommended. Zac Allen loves comics and has always wanted to be a comic hero. He has created his own robot suit to wear if bullies are bugging him or if he needs to save the world. He manages to do wonderful things when he's wearing the suit, but it doesn't always work and sometimes he just has to rely on his brains to get out of trouble.
This set of funny graphic novel readers is sure to be a hit with young readers. Each book starts off with a list of characters and tells the story in traditional comic book format. The stories are really interesting and the cast of characters varies from book to book. Information about the author and illustrator is given at the back of the books, as well as discussion questions and writing prompts.
I enjoyed reading the stories and loved the illustrations by Douglas Holgate, who has created an image of a most appealing, cheeky and vulnerable hero in Zac Allen.
Books in the series.
Coldfinger by Donald Lemke ISBN:978 1 40621 671 4
Revealed by Donald Lemke ISBN: 978 1 40621 672 1
Super Zero by Donald Lemke ISBN: 978 1 40621 673 8
Zinc Alloy vs Frankenstein by Donald Lemke ISBN:978 1 40621 674 5
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